Mark, Becca, Charlotte and Fiona
I make films about my life and the life of others in hopes of catching a common nerve. My goal is to create a piece my subjects can hand down through the ages to provide a glimpse of themselves to their children and their children’s children. This is no small task. This desire inside me means that when I’m documenting a life, I’m not just documenting events. I’m striving to document how they process and reflect on those events, to show a commonality between them and the shared emotions and experiences we all have. Through the ages. Essentially, to reflect upon what makes us human.
I had considered documenting a birth in the past, but never felt comfortable covering just that one day/night in the receiving room. The emotional, overwhelming moment of birth is an amazing point of change, but I was also interested in the reflection prior to and after that moment. The change that occurs within the individuals as well as as a family. So that one day that child will have the ability to see and reflect on what their family went through during their time of arrival into this world.
When I found out a good friend of ours was expecting her second child, I jumped on the chance to tell the type of story about pregnancy and birth I had always wanted to explore. The story of a family coming to terms with what this may or may not mean to them individually and as a unit. It is a film about change, love and growth. This short clip is just a quick glimpse into the unfinished piece described above, begun 8 months ago, to be completed soon. I could not have asked for a more soulful, open and beautiful family to document. My heart has expanded with the opportunity to capture this season of their lives.
This piece marks a new direction for Wirken Films, in which we focus on documentary stories of lives in change, be it through a wedding, birth, or other life event. Enjoy.